Some Florida Ob/Gyns Refusing Obese Patients. Saying that obese patients have a higher risk of medical complications, more than a dozen Sunshine State ob/gyn practices are now refusing to treat new patients who are obese, The Sun Sentinel reported.
One doctor who said he turns away obese patients told the newspaper: “People don’t realize the risk we’re taking by taking care of these patients. There’s more risk of something going wrong and more risk of getting sued. Everything is more complicated with an obese patient in GYN surgeries and in [pregnancies.]” Doctors added that ultrasound machines “do not give good images of internal anatomy of obese women” and that some of their exam tables and medical equipment “can’t handle people over a certain weight.”
The paper observed, “Turning down overweight people is not illegal for doctors, but the policy worried leaders of physician groups, medical ethics experts and advocates for the obese, all of whom said it violates the spirit of the medical profession.” (May 2011)